Inspiring A level chemistry NY500 / A21

Start date
22 Sep 21
3 Days
National STEM Centre, University of York, York YO10 5DD How to find us


Engage with a wide variety of sessions designed to help improve your teaching of Key Stage 5 chemistry.
This course provides many opportunities to be reconnected with the frontiers of industrial chemistry and academic research.  The aim is to enable you to improve the teaching of KS5 chemistry by engaging in a wide variety of stimulating sessions which will employ new skills and ideas.
With a strong focus on practical work, you will work alongside teachers and research scientists to develop strategies to help students learn and understand chemistry effectively.  You will be able to share ideas and hear from cutting edge researchers to help inspire and engage your students’ in one of the most fascinating areas of science.  Fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course.  

Who is it for?

For experienced teachers of post-16 looking to gain new ideas and those who have attended 'New to teaching A level Chemistry (NY251).' 

What topics are covered?

This three day course covers:
  • organic chemistry
  • tackling redox
  • practical work to engage and challenge
  • transition metal chemistry
  • structure and bonding
  • spectroscopy
  • equilibria
  • presentations and workshops with current academic researchers and industrial chemists
Not sure yet? Here is a free taster which will give you a better understanding of what to expect once you join the course. Please note, this is a free short activity you can do in your own time.

How will you learn?

This course will be delivered face to face with participant tasks to be completed between sessions. 

How long is this course?

This is three day intensive residential course.

Who is the course leader?

  • Louise Herbert

    I am secondary science professional development leader at the National STEM learning centre. I previously taught for over 20 years in


By the end of this course, you will be able to: 
  • demonstrate ways to make the teaching of chemistry more engaging and inspiring by making links to current research and industrial applications
  • identify misconceptions held by your students and develop a variety of teaching approaches to counter these
  • practise and evaluate a range of innovative practical work activities and approaches for teaching chemistry
  • describe developments in some key areas of contemporary chemistry


Inspiring A-Level Chemistry - Day 1 (to be attended face to face)22 September 202111:00-19:00National STEM Centre
Inspiring A-Level Chemistry - Day 2 (to be attended face to face)23 September 202109:00-19:00National STEM Centre
Inspiring A-Level Chemistry - Day 3 (to be attended face to face)24 September 202109:00-16:00National STEM Centre



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